framed canvas you can display that pretty page plus add flair to your home decor. Creating on canvas is a lot of fun.
I use pre-stretched artist canvas from Canvas Corps. They sell quality canvas in natural textures that are easy to work with. Before adding on your layout it is best to use chalking ink all over the edges of the canvas. Chalking inks come in a variety of colors to match your layout. I love to use ColorBox Chalk Cat's Eye Inkpads.
I add a variety of embellishments as well. This makes the page "pop" and is appealing to the eye. I use everything from buttons, ribbon, vellum, brads, and more. Canvas creations can be use to display family photos or for gift giving.
Now for another giveaway opportunity. Please let me introduce Kay and her lovely shop - Sonora Kay Creations. Kay sells earrings, necklaces, dream catchers, bracelets, and anklets.
Her turquoise creations are my favorite.Keep reading for more tidbits about this very talented artist. Don't forget to comment below for a chance to win one a pair of Dream Catcher earrings on silver hoops in the color beads of your choice.
How did you come up with your shop name?
My shop name is a combination of the city of my birth and my middle name.
Tell us more about your beautiful jewelry.
All my products are handmade with the exception of the beads I have recently listed. The Dream Catcher jewelry items are all hand woven using beading thread. The links in the beaded necklaces are all handmade as well. I include rubber backs on all the fishhook style earrings to keep them secure. All jewelry is washed prior to packing in cotton lined boxes and shipped in padded envelopes.
What are your other hobbies?
Gardening and photography are things that I very much love to do. I am blessed that I get to pursue both hobbies through the winter thanks to my DH gifting me with a green house for my 40th birthday last year. The majority of my product pictures were taken inside the greenhouse. I love the lighting that is produced by the opaque walls and ceiling. It allows me to shoot at any time of day no matter what the weather.
What does creating mean to you?
I have always enjoyed creating from as far back as I can remember. For me creating is very cathartic. I can get lost in what I am doing and when I surface I feel much calmer inside than when I began. I am a completely self taught artisan. The knowledge of weaving the dream catchers came to me one day and I picked up a length of leather and a wreath I had made from vines, and started the weaving process. That was a decade ago, since then my work has improved and I now have several different designs.
What else would you want people to know about yourself?
I would have to say that stress for me can be a motivator. When my life gets too filled up and feeling out of control that is when I will disappear in my studio and reappear feeling calmer, more in control, and much lighter. I will also feel accomplished because I can see and touch the finished product. Other things that inspire me are design ideas that clients have challenged me with. It is always fun for me to see the look in their eyes when they see the finished product.
Please be sure to visit Kay on her blog, Etsy, Artfire and Facebook.